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5 Best Smart Home Devices for Airbnb Hosts

Airbnb’s list of basic amenities that every host is expected to provide their guests, known as essentials, includes soap, toilet paper, clean sheets, and towels. But why sticks with the basics when you can offer your guests so much more and increase your chances of earning that five-star review?

Airbnb Must Have Smart Home Devices

Modern smart home devices can add that small but important touch that separates ordinary Airbnb listings from those that are extraordinary and highly sought after. Besides pleasing your guests, they also can help you manage your property more efficiently regardless of where you’re physically located.

Schlage Connect Touchscreen Smart Lock

Every Airbnb host must figure out how to handle key exchanges. Some decide to pay a key exchange service to take care of everything, costing them a substantial portion of their earnings, while other hosts decide to say goodbye to their free time and do everything on their own, in person. The smartest Airbnb hosts, however, use a programmable, touchscreen-controlled lock, such as the BE469NX from Schlage Lock Company.

This ANSI Grade 1 lock fits any standard door, and it can store up to 30 personalized access codes. As an Airbnb host, you can simply send an access code via email or text to every guess you have and monitor or control the activity of the Schlage BE469NX lock from anywhere. If your guests happen to have a problem with the lock, you can troubleshoot it from the comfort of your home or unlock the lock in person using a key. Schlage offer the lock in several colors, so you should have no problem finding one that matches the style of your front door.

Nest Learning Thermostat

You don’t want your guests to arrive at your property in the middle of summer and find the temperature inside unbearable. At the same time, you don’t want to leave the AC running at the maximum setting for days before your guests’ arrival because you have to be elsewhere and can’t visit your Airbnb property just to turn on the AC.

One possible solution is a smart thermostat, and no other smart thermostat is more popular or better-rated than The Nest Learning Thermostat. Currently in the 3rd generation, the beautifully designed thermostat has been proven to save an average of 10-12 percent on heating bills and 15 percent on cooling bills. You can control it remotely from your smartphone, set up schedules, or just let it do its thing with the Auto Schedule feature, which allows the Nest to learn from your guests’ habits and program itself. According to Nest, most people can install the thermostat in 30 minutes or less, but an around-the-clock phone support is available should you need it. The Nest Learning Thermostat can also be paired with the Nest Protect to detect dangerous carbon monoxide gas.

Ring Video Doorbell 2

As an Airbnb host, you know that your guests prefer a hands-off approach to checking in, but it’s your responsibility to ensure that your terms are being respected. You could, of course, install a threatening security camera above the front door, but that wouldn’t leave most guests with a positive first impression. Instead, you should consider the Ring Video Doorbell 2, which is an intelligent doorbell with a built-in inconspicuous security camera capable of recording in the Full HD resolution even at night.

The Ring Video Doorbell 2 can be easily installed anywhere. It runs on a removable battery and comes in two styles: Venetian Bronze and Satin Nickel. The doorbell has a motion detection capability, so you can have it send you a notification everything someone’s at the front door of your Airbnb property. When you receive a notification from the doorbell, you can look at the cause of the alert through the wide-angle lens, and the Ring Video Doorbell 2 even allows you to have a two-way conversation with anyone within its vicinity.

Wink Hub 2

To comfortably control all the smart home devices you use to improve the experience of your Airbnb guests, you need a smart home hub. The Wink Hub 2 is the first smart home hub designed for the mainstream consumer. It features a sleek design that gives you absolutely no reason to hide it from view, and its smart auto-discovery process makes getting your smart home up and running a breeze.

The Wink Hub 2 works with Amazon Alexa and allows you to control all the smart devices connected to it from a single smartphone app. With Wink Hub 2, you can instantly see when your guests arrive at the property, you can automate the lights to greet the guests as soon as they walk in, and receive alerts when something out of ordinary happens. Best of all, the Wink Hub 2 is fairly inexpensive considering just how much it can simplify the management of smart home devices.

iRobot Roomba 980

No Airbnb host enjoys cleaning after guests, and very few guests enjoy when the host comes over to sweep the floors, clean the surfaces, and take out the trash. It’s going to take a few more years for robotic cleaners to liberate us completely from household chores, but you can get a taste of how it might feel like thanks to the iRobot Roomba 980 vacuum.

This vacuuming robot works on all floor types, runs continuously for 120 minutes, and can seamlessly and efficiently navigate an entire level of your property. When the robot is about to run out of battery power, it automatically returns back to its base station for charging before it completes its job. You can control the robot with the iRobot HOME App or let your guests have fun with it with Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant. If you allow your guests to bring their pets, the iRobot Roomba 980 can be a real lifesaver.

Airbnb Must Have Smart Home Devices

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